By Juliano Oliveira
Queensland Government is making available 30,000 vouchers worth up to $100 to be spent on the Gold Coast. Participants have from 7 June to 10 June to enter the draw. The vouchers must be used by 11.59 pm on 17 September 2021.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the government had partnered with Destination Gold Coast and the initiative is part of the Holiday Dollars program, aiming to assist tourism businesses affected by COVID-19.
“Tourism operators on the Coast have been hit hard by the pandemic.
“Campaigns like this are an important part of our economic recovery plan – supporting local jobs and injecting funds back into Gold Coast businesses,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“With whale watching season about to start, now is an ideal time to book a whale watching tour and see these beautiful animals in the flesh.”
Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is confident that the business-minded action will raise the numbers of tourists on the Gold Coast and facilitate the injection of money into the local economy.
“In other regions where we’ve piloted Holiday Dollars, the feedback from tourism operators and visitors is positive,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“We’re also expecting a big boost in visitor confidence on the Gold Coast because that’s been the experience where Holiday Dollars have been rolled out.
“Not only is the Gold Coast one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, but it was also on the bucket list of 1.1 million overseas visitors before the pandemic shut the international border.”
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said the Gold Coast Holiday Dollars program is well-timed to encourage Queenslanders to ‘come and play’ in Australia’s undisputed holiday playground.
“Previous iterations of the program have been a success, and we are hoping Queenslanders will get behind Gold Coast tourism operators – the backbone of our chief economic sector this winter,” said Ms O’Callaghan.
“Stimulating domestic visitor demand and expenditure for our 4,600 tourism businesses is a priority.”